Cleveland cycle track passes important test

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/30/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Cleveland’s marathon pursuit of its first separated bike lane (aka “cycle track”) passed two very important hurdles last night, and is ready to enter the home stretch.

<br />Concept for remaking Lorain Avenue in Cleveland a complete street with a two-way cycle track was presented by Ohio City, Inc. on Sept. 29, 2015

Ohio forsakes progress on clean air and water

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/29/15 @ 2:45pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean air, Clean water

In Ohio, the news lately is filled with stories that pit industry against the environment. But the storylines, and the accounting of costs, are often more complicated. Take, for example, the New York Times story last Friday on “The Connection Between Cleaner Air and Longer Lives." Economics professor and head of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, Michael...

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Cleveland needs to find a middle ground in bike lane debate

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/29/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking

Is Cleveland charting new ground with its buffered bike lane design—unveiled by the city for W. 25th Street, sections of Lorain Avenue in Ohio City and on Lakeshore Boulevard in Collinwood—or is it out of step with the bike lanes that other cities are implementing? It is being debated by the city and the cycling community (in a story that originated...

Choose a side<br />City of Cleveland is implementing a buffered bike lane, seen here on Lorain Avenue, that is novel relative to the majority of other cities.Split the difference<br />Bike Cleveland posted this image to accompany an explanation of buffered bike lanes. It may be a good compromise for Cleveland.

Youngstown kicks off Better Blocks series

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/28/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transform

The first Better Block event in Youngstown was held on Saturday, September 26th, on Mahoning Avenue on the West Side. The street was completely transformed for the day with bike lanes, street trees, outdoor seating, live music, a farmer's market, a cafe, and two art galleries.

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Transit is greener, national study confirms

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/25/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

Transit systems in the U.S. are reducing the greenhouse gases that are the leading cause of climate change. Without them, American cities would be even bigger producers of air pollution and sprawl. That's the conclusion of a new, landmark study from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) which confirms the very bedrock ideas held about transit—starting with its measurable effect on the...

Greener way to go<br />Natural gas fueled bus in Cleveland.

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